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"Environmentalism and Social Justice" Subject of Pomona College Lecture

On Wednesday, March 12, at 4:15 p.m., Michael Dorsey will address the topic "The Challenge of Real Change: Environmentalism and Social Justice On Campus and Beyond.” Dorsey, who served two terms as the first African American and youngest ever director of the Sierra Club, is an assistant professor in Dartmouth College’s Environmental Studies Program.

One of the goals of Prof. Dorsey's visit is to inspire Pomona College’s approach to sustainability such that a diverse group of faculty, staff and students will understand and engage in the College's green initiative. The talk is open to the community and will be held in the Rose Hills Theater of the Smith Campus Center (170 E. 6th St., Claremont).

Dorsey is a co-contributor of the recently released volume Climate Change, Carbon Trading and Civil Society: Negative Returns on South African Investments (Rozenberg Press, South Africa, 2007). As an undergraduate at the University of Michigan, Dorsey joined then-Vice President Al Gore and the U.S. Delegation at the Earth Summit in Brazil. From 1994 to 1996, he was a task force member of President Clinton’s Council on Sustainable Development. Presently, as an advisor to Palau’s UN Ambassador and a small group of island nations, he is helping to build the organization Islands First.

Dorsey was born and raised in Detroit. His research takes him to Ecuador several times each year where he studies the impact of biopiracy on indigenous people. He received his PhD from the University of Michigan’s School of Natural Resources & Environment where he worked under the guidance of Dr. Bunyan Bryant, a leading environmental justice scholar.